Bird flu, malaria, plague and West Nile virus are infectious diseases we've all heard of. Find information on these epidemics and more in this section.

Is there a SARS vaccine?

Researchers developed a safe and effective SARS vaccine. Learn more about SARS vaccine from this article.

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  • Is the plane that transports Ebola patients completely safe?

    Is the plane that transports Ebola patients completely safe?

    Ebola patients transported out of Africa don't fly on regular commercial or private planes; they fly on jets modified and operated according to strict protocol. See more »

  • Malaria Overview

    Malaria Overview

    If you're a mother in tropical Africa, a biting mosquito is one of your worst fears, because it can transmit malaria. Learn about this serious, often fatal disease and find out why it's one of the world's most pressing public health concerns. See more »

  • Mysterious Bacteria Quiz

    Mysterious Bacteria Quiz

    E. coli is a common type of bacteria that can lead to serious health issues. Take this quiz to test your bacteria knowledge and learn about healthy forms of bacteria. See more »

  • West Nile Virus Overview

    West Nile Virus Overview

    Ever since West Nile Virus arrived in the United States, it's been treated as a serious, growing threat. This virus, transmitted by mosquitoes, is potentially deadly -- but what are your chances of contracting it? See more »

  • Why are highly contagious diseases kept in labs?

    Why are highly contagious diseases kept in labs?

    It might seem counterintuitive for labs to stock highly contagious diseases, but some researchers insist it's with good reason. See more »

  • Will there be new STDs in the future?

    Will there be new STDs in the future?

    Syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia -- no one wants to hear those words from their doctor. Are these all we have to worry about, or are there other sexually transmitted horrors in the making? See more »

  • 5 Things You Don’t Know About HIV

    5 Things You Don’t Know About HIV

    Learn about HIV – a life-altering disease that so many people know so little about. See more »



    What are the definitions of HIV and AIDS terms? Learn about the symptoms and spreading of HIV and AIDS. See more »

  • Infectious Diseases 101

    Infectious Diseases 101

    Your body is constantly dealing with microorganisms, its own and those introduced from the outside. Some microorganisms can cause what are called infectious diseases. Learn how the body deals with them. See more »

  • Top 10 Eradicable Diseases

    Top 10 Eradicable Diseases

    There are few loftier goals than eradicating a disease. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done, but, it's not for lack of trying. Read on to discover more about these efforts and learn about the top 10 eradicable diseases. See more »

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